Naish becomes third LaSalle departure

By on October 20, 2020

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Game over at Nice for Super Mario: Is goal-less Balotelli finished at the highest level?

By on August 27, 2020

first_imgBalotelli is not one to hide his emotions, and at that moment the frustration of what has been a wretched season overflowed. Though he has endured – and sometimes even enjoyed – a tumultuous career, he has rarely been through a period as fallow as he is currently experiencing.The 28-year-old remains searching for his first goal of the season, approaching the middle of December and with over 12 hours of competitive football under his belt.Somewhat unsurprisingly, his club feel they are not receiving value for money and announced on Thursday that at the end of the season their three-year relationship will rupture. There will be no fight to keep him.Back in May, things could not have looked any more different. He was coming off the back of a 26-goal season at the Allianz Riviera and had been rewarded by Italy boss Roberto Mancini with a first call to the national team since the 2014 World Cup.WHY ALWAYS ME? HOW BALOTELLI’S LATEST TROUBLES BEGANMuch of the trouble has been of his own making and dates back to the summer, when he was embroiled in a bitter contract dispute with the Ligue 1 club.Agent Mino Raiola was busy touting his client as one of the bargains of the transfer window, advertising him as a player worth €100m and claiming he was out of contract and that a raft of top clubs from all over Europe were chasing him.Concrete interest, however, barely emerged. Marseille did have a sniff but ultimately felt the Italian was going to prove too expensive because of the fee his representative was demanding.In conjunction with this problem, a strike that saw him miss Nice’s pre-season left him badly out of shape and he is still playing catch up. Additionally, it left his reputation in a tattered state with new boss Vieira, who had replaced Lucien Favre in the summer.While Balotelli seemed to have something of a love-hate relationship with the now Dortmund boss, it seemed to work.“Mario needs support, needs us to speak to him,” Favre said in October 2017 when discussing the best way to manage the prickly Italian. When Mario Balotelli was replaced after 75 minutes of Nice’s bland scoreless draw against Guingamp, he gave an insight into his current frame of mind.The Italian striker trudged off disgruntled, exchanged a couple of apparently pointed words with head coach Patrick Vieira, pointed a finger at the former Arsenal midfielder and threw his gloves off in disgust. Vieira, perhaps lacking the experience of the Swiss in man management or perhaps because he genuinely did not believe he would have to handle such a character, has been a little less coherent on the status of his former Manchester City team-mate.Speaking after Balotelli failed to report for pre-season training, he certainly seemed to indicate the striker had no future at the club.“It’s a shame because he spent two beautiful years here, he built a very good relationship with the club and the supporters. It’s a shame that it ends like this. That he wants to leave is not a problem, it’s part of football today. But to ruin two seasons like that, it’s a shame,” he said.His stance has since softened, despite suggesting that the forward has not matured since he was 16 and also indiscreetly describing the Italian’s performances as “less than average”.“I’m OK with the players when they’re not happy to come off, but it’s important to understand that it’s my role to make choices,” he said in the aftermath of the Guingamp spat. “I’m not the personal trainer of Mario Balotelli, of Allan Saint-Maximin, of Dante or of Wylan Cyprien, I’m the coach of Nice.”WHY BALOTELLI IS NOT SOLELY TO BLAMEIf Balotelli’s goal scoring output has been disappointing, his attitude on the field has largely been positive, with his defensive work-rate notably improved. Goals, however, have not followed.He has had 34 efforts in Ligue 1 this season, with only seven finding the target. None have yet to beat a goalkeeper.In contrast, he had 109 shots in the 2017-18 season, hitting the target 52 times and netting, on average, around once every six. If he enjoyed a similar ratio this term, he would be sitting on five or six goals. But while his production has gone down, so too has that of other key offensive players like Saint-Maximin and Pierre Lees-Melou.  The Philadelphia Union sporting director Ernst Tanner has told the Philadelphia Inquirer that a move would not “make sense” after his side were linked with the forward, who has in turn said he would not return to AC Milan.Perhaps likelier is a rekindling of interest from the Chinese Super League, where he was offered a giant pay packet in the summer.For the moment, though, Mario is set to stay in Nice, where he will have to find his form quickly if he is to earn the type of move he wants at the end of the season. Jean-Michael Seri’s departure to Fulham in the summer might certainly have played a role, but there is little doubt that Vieira does not have his team functioning in a smooth manner offensively. The coach admits that there are issues that stretch beyond the centre forward.“We have a collective problem,” he admitted. “We want the ball too much to our feet and we don’t attack space enough.“Mario is in need of confidence. It shows in his shooting. Everyone needs to be behind him: the club, the staff, the players and the fans. He’s important for us.”WHO COULD SIGN BALOTELLI?Vieira would reportedly be content for Balotelli to leave the club this January, with Club Brugge forward Wesley the man earmarked to replace him at the Allianz Riviera.But that is only part of the story. Who would currently take a risk on Balotelli, who is out of form and commands a giant wage packet? 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Taking Care of the Moms

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesThe holiday season is upon us. For those of us with children, it’s easy to focus just on their needs and wants, while we neglect taking care of ourselves in order to get everything done. Sound familiar, moms?This is a reminder to not only take good care of yourself this time of year, but all year long, so that you can be ready for all that this and every season bring. Why is this so important? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease, cancer and stroke together cause over half of deaths among women in the U.S. Make sure that you can be there to enjoy your children—and their children—by taking the following steps to reduce stress and your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.Get an annual well-woman visit with your healthcare provider. During the visit, discuss your health habits, family history, and family planning if you are in your child-bearing years. Your annual checkup is also the time to get current on your vaccines, have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked, schedule any additional screenings you may need, like a mammogram, and set health goals. Your well-woman visit is covered by insurance.Eat a well-balanced mix of nutritious food such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein every day. Eating well can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, certain types of cancer, and anemia. In addition, a healthy diet can reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight.Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Choose activities you enjoy like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, taking a class at the gym, or following along with a workout DVD. Daily exercise can help control weight; help prevent or manage metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain types of cancer; improve your mood; boost energy; and promote better sleep.Take time to unwind. Stress impacts our bodies, mood and behavior. Making time for things we enjoy, exercising, relaxation techniques including meditation, and getting good nutrition can help us manage stress. Having a relationship with a higher power—something larger than ourselves—can make us feel more hopeful and help reduce stress levels. If you have tried these methods and are still having trouble managing stress, talk to your healthcare provider for support.Get treatment for depression. Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men. If you are one of these women, discuss it with your healthcare provider and consider treatment options.If you smoke, quit, and don’t substitute vaping for smoking. The CDC reports that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S, and estimates that people who smoke are 2 to 4 times more likely to have coronary heart disease; and are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke. Smoking also increases women’s risk of lung cancer by more than 25.7 times. The SmartQuit TM App for smartphones is a research-based smoking cessation program that may be more effective than trying to quit on your own. It can be used with or without nicotine replacement therapy. The App is free for download to Washington residents and is private, easy to use and always within reach. Learn more online here.Limit alcohol use. According to the National Institute for Health, drinking too much canGetting enough sleep each night impacts your health and ability to handle the stress of daily life.negatively impact the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system, and can also increase your risk of developing certain types of cancers. More information is available here.Get seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Too little sleep on a routine basis can affect our mood and ability to think clearly and is also linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. More recent studies also indicate connections between lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Adequate sleep helps keep the mind and the body healthy.When we take care of ourselves, we can better give our time, love, and support to those we love. Wishing happy, healthy holidays to you all!last_img read more

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Mega Commercial Component For Route 35 Before Planners

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – On June 1, the township Planning Board is scheduled to  begin hearing the commercial component – almost 340,000 square feet of movie theater, retail and restaurant space – for the proposed Route 35 “Village” project.The Shoppes at Middletown are proposed for about 52 acres of Route 35 North, between Kings Highway, Kanes Lane and Carriage Drive — or diagonally across the highway from the municipal complex.The property is famous for its “Calico the Clown” sign, various businesses, a few residences and open space, including woods.Plans on file at the township Planning Department show 338,455 square feet of commercial space, broken down into:— Retail space of 285,622 square feet, individually ranging from 5,000 to 199,572 square feet.— Restaurant space of 27,033 square feet, individually ranging from 4,000 to 9,500 square feet.— Movie theater space of 25,800 square feet.Plans show a combination of connected and disconnected buildings, along with parking areas, an internal road system, storm water basins and wetlands. The plans call for the removal of most of the existing structures.The 52 acres are part of the 118 acres owned by Mountain Hill LLC. No application – expected to be residential – has been made for the remaining 66 acres, said Amy H. Sarrinikolaou, director of the community development in the township Planning Department.The commercial developer – Village 35 LP, Purchase, New York – is to present the plans at the Wednesday, June 1, township Planning Board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex courtroom.Village 35 seeks preliminary and final major subdivision and site plan approval. The subdivision is necessary to divide the 52-acre commercial aspect from the property’s remaining 66 acres, Sarrinikolaou said.The proposed use of the property complies with the site’s “Planned Development” (PD) zoning.“The property has been the subject of many applications to the township’s Planning and Zoning Boards over the past two decades,” according to paperwork filed with the Planning Department in September.The other projects did not come to fruition.last_img read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2016)–With 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome headlining a nine-race program, there is also a Pick Six carryover of $56,040 into Saturday at Santa Anita. The total Pick Six pool, which will begin with Saturday’s fourth race, should approach $500,000 according to track officials.A winner of four Grade I stakes in 2014, including the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, California Chrome is the 4-5 morning line favorite among a field of eight older horses in tomorrow’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, which will be contested at 1 1/16 miles.Carded as Saturday’s eighth race, the San Pasqual will be complemented by the Grade III, one mile Sham Stakes, which attracted a field of nine sophomores and will be run as the sixth race.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.For updated scratches, changes and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. SATURDAY’S TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $500,000last_img read more

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